How much fun and quality time do you spend with your family? With a never-ending to-do list, it is simple to let time with your spouse and kids slip down your top priorities list. According to an article published on April 1, 2017, by Life Advancer, an online health and wellness website, spending quality time with our children not only helps them feel more confident and secure in themselves, it is also good for our own well-being.
All great reasons to make this Spring Break about your family. Create memories, bond with your kids, nurture positive behaviors, build self-esteem, and relieve stress, all while enjoying a family-friendly and fun vacation to any of the five destinations listed below.
1. Hike the Grand Canyon in Arizona
When President Theodore Roosevelt visited the Grand Canyon in 1903, he said, “What you can do is keep it for your children, your children’s children, and for all who come after you, as one of the great sights which every American should see.” In 1908, President Roosevelt decided to declare the Grand Canyon a National Monument and 11 years later it became a National Park.
Located in the northern part of Arizona, the National Parks Service report estimates that the Grand Canyon attracts nearly five million visitors each year. According to the Family Vacation Critic, the Grand Canyon was created by the erosion caused by the Colorado River and the uplifting of the Colorado Plateau. Millions of years old, 227 miles long with a variety of colors and shapes across the canyon make it a family vacation that won’t disappoint. With campgrounds, RV hookups and six different lodges to choose from, there is something for everyone to enjoy, including white-water rafting activities along the Hualapai River as an idea.
- GCH: Grand Canyon National Park Airport
- FLG: Flagstaff Pulliam Airport
2. Swim with the dolphins at The Atlantis Resort in the Bahamas
A vacation in the Bahamas is a little bit of everything – from relaxing on the beach to adventures with the family – and it’s no wonder why the Atlantis Resort on Paradise Island continues to be one of the top family-friendly vacation destinations in the world. When most people think of Atlantis, they envision the iconic pink structures, called the Royal Towers, which house over 1,000 rooms within walking distance of the luxury pools, spa, and a huge Aquaventure park with waterslides, river rides, and dolphins. In addition to these activities, the resort is also home to 21 restaurants and 19 bar options you don’t want to miss.
- PID: New Providence Airport
- NAS: Nassau International Airport
3. Explore the San Diego Zoo
With the temperature warm and the ocean nearby, San Diego is a great getaway for Spring Break with the family. It’s also home to the 100-acre San Diego Zoo that hosts more than 3,500 rare and endangered animals and a prominent botanical collection with more than 700,000 exotic plants. Famous around the world for its renowned animal care and exhibits, the San Diego Zoo is definitely a place you want to visit.
Whether you love state parks with nature trails, theme parks, building beach bonfires or sandcastles, San Diego is often ranked one of the best family destinations in the United States, according to City of San Diego website. With other attractions such as SeaWorld, Safari Park and LEGOLAND California, there is something for everyone to enjoy.
- SAN: San Diego International Airport
- MYF: Montgomery Field Airport
4. Ski at Mt. Bachelor in Oregon
National Geographic Adventure ranked Mt. Bachelor one of the best ski areas in the world, SKI Magazine called it one of the best resorts in the West and Destination Luxury magazine put the Central Oregon ski area on its best ski areas in North America. With a high elevation peak at 9,000 feet, scenic views from the top and great ski terrain, it’s no wonder why Mt. Bachelor remains a favorite amongst locals and visitors alike. With 11 different lifts and family packages including lessons, you don’t need to be an expert to come have some fun in the snow and explore everything the Pacific Northwest has to offer.
- RDM: Redmond Airport
- SUO: Sunriver Airport
5. Visit Walt Disney World in Orlando
Home to theme parks, golf championships and luxury spas, it’s no wonder why Orlando keeps coming up as one of the top U.S. travel destinations for family vacations, and a Disney World vacation is definitely one of the most magical experiences you can have all together.
The Magic Kingdom is a popular Disney theme park, with its breathtaking castle and popular Disney characters, but you can also visit the Animal Kingdom theme park that can be interesting for adults as well with their nighttime safari tours. Beyond Disney is a boardwalk with restaurants, shopping and other entertainment venues where you can escape the crowds and play carnival games or rent a Surrey bicycle instead.
- MCO: Orlando International Airport
- ORL: Orlando Executive Airport
Even with a private jet charter, there is still a certain level of stress that comes from trying to see as much as possible in one vacation. By planning and doing research before leaving home and setting realistic expectations, you can still have a relaxing time and alleviate some of the stress that comes even when you’re on a vacation.
For many of the same reasons you choose to book a private charter in lieu of commercial flights, vacations shouldn’t be stressful. After all, you deserve a break in your busy schedule to have a relaxing time – even at Disney.